The Way of Kings

The Way of Kings : Book One of the Stormlight Archive

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, Book One of the Stormlight Archive begins an incredible new saga of epic proportion. Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them. One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable. Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity. Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar's niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan's motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war. The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making. Speak again the ancient oaths: Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination. and return to men the Shards they once bore. The Knights Radiant must stand again. Other Tor books by Brandon Sanderson The Cosmere

The Stormlight Archive
The Way of Kings
Words of Radiance
Edgedancer (Novella)
Oathbringer The Mistborn trilogy
Mistborn: The Final Empire
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages Mistborn: The Wax and Wayne series
Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
Bands of Mourning Collection
Arcanum Unbounded Other Cosmere novels
Elantris
Warbreaker The Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series
Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians
The Scrivener's Bones
The Knights of Crystallia
The Shattered Lens
The Dark Talent The Rithmatist series
The Rithmatist Other books by Brandon Sanderson

The Reckoners
Steelheart
Firefight
Calamity
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Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 136 x 158 x 86mm | 984g
  • New York
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1427209758
  • 9781427209757
  • 1,793,432

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"[Michael Kramer] does justice to the text and makes it come alive...In fact, the narration adds a new dimension to the novel in a way which an ordinary paperback simply cannot match." --SFCrowsNest.com "Just the thing to accompany you on that cross-country drive you've always been planning." --SFReviews.net "Perfect entertainment for fantasy fans on a long car trip!" --BookLoons.com
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About Brandon Sanderson

Hugo Award-winner Brandon Sanderson is the author of bestsellers such as the Mistborn trilogy; the Stormlight Archives; and novels including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time(R) sequence. Michael Kramer received an Earphones Award for his narration of the Kent Family series by John Jakes and for Alan Fulsom's The Day After Tomorrow. He has also read for Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Kate Reading has received multiple Earphones Awards and has been named a "Voice of the Century" by AudioFile magazine. She received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Aunt Dan and Lemon.
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